Device recalls: What's an electrophysiologist to do?

Laura Perrotta, Giuseppe Ricciardi, Paolo Pieragnoli, Luigi Padeletti

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Management of alerts and advisories involving implantable cardiac defibrillators has become part of current clinical practice. The competing risks of device failure and complications associated with device replacement must be carefully assessed. Media greatly influence how physicians and patients perceive a recall, and therefore efforts must be made to avoid decisions based on perceived risks. Awareness of the potential risk of malfunction could increase patient anxiety. Health care professionals should be adequately informed of all aspects related to a device recall, trained in recall management, and able to inform patients and involve them in an accurate and transparent decision-making process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-622
Number of pages6
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Advisory
  • Devices
  • ICDs
  • Psychological impact
  • Recall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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